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Drug and Stolen Credit Card Ring Defendants Indicted

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 17, 2006) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the indictments of 12 members of a stolen credit card and drug trafficking operation shut down two weeks ago.

The State Grand Jury indictments allege the defendants’ operation was organized to sell marijuana and methamphetamine. They also are accused of using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards and then selling those cards for cash.

The State Grand Jury indicted the defendants on the following charges:

  • Clint Nick Saunders, 36, conspiracy, two counts of illegal conduct of an enterprise, money laundering, transporting marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana, aggravated assault, fraud, and taking the identity of another.
  • Rodney Darrell Bagby, 37, conspiracy, two counts of illegal conduct of an enterprise, three counts of money laundering, possession of methamphetamine for sale, misconduct involving weapons, sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, fraud and taking the identity of another.
  • Alicia Ann Moss, 23, conspiracy, two counts of illegal conduct of an enterprise, money laundering, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and possession of marijuana for sale, fraud, and taking the identity of another.
  • Shannon Thomas Palffy, 35, conspiracy, two counts of illegal conduct of an enterprise, two counts of money laundering, sale of marijuana and possession of a dangerous drug for sale, fraud and taking the identity of another.
  • Ray Cazidillo Lopez, 48, conspiracy, illegal conduct of an enterprise, money laundering and possession of marijuana for sale.
  • Daniel Balanzar-Ovante, 21, conspiracy, illegal conduct of an enterprise, transporting marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.
  • Diana Shawn Perez, 39, possession of a dangerous drug, sale of marijuana, fraud, illegal conduct of an enterprise, money laundering and taking the identity of another.
  • Jayme Leigh Aragon, 20, possession of a dangerous drug, fraud, taking the identity of another, illegal conduct of an enterprise and money laundering.
  • Tina Marie Dickinson, 38, fraud, taking the identity of another, money laundering, and illegal conduct of an enterprise.
  • Angel Peralta Nunez, 38, fraud, taking the identity of another, money laundering and illegal conduct of an enterprise.
  • Tabitha Lynn Scotten, 21, fraud, taking the identity of another, money laundering and illegal conduct of an enterprise.
  • One other defendant has been indicted on various charges but has not yet been served documents.

Most of the defendants were arraigned today in Maricopa County Superior Court. Aragon and Dickinson are scheduled for arraignment on Monday, March 20. If convicted on all charges, the defendants face from 3 years to 50 years in prison. Assistant Attorneys General Todd Lawson and Jane McLaughlin are prosecuting this case.